Blues For Jackie – Kenny Dorham
This blues head from an obscure Jackie McLean session is classic K.D., with tasty stop-time figures and chord substitutions.
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- Recording: Jackie McLean - Hipnosis
- Recorded on: June 14, 1962
- Label: Blue Note (BN-LA 483-J2)
- Concert Key: F
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Swing (medium up)
- Trumpet - Kenny Dorham
- Alto Sax - Jackie McLean
- Piano - Sonny Clark
- Bass - Butch Warren
- Drums - Billy Higgins
On the lead sheet, we've included some chord substitutions from the last four measures of the head, shown under the staff of the solo changes. These alternate changes are an added twist to blow over. On the recording, Kenny plays the melody twice during his solo, and the rhythm section follows with these changes.
Jackie McLean's session of June 14, 1962, has an unusual history. It was never released as a separate album, but appeared as half of a double LP in 1978, issued as "Hipnosis;" the other half was a 1967 session that also featured trombonist Grachan Moncur III. In 2000 the same 1962 session was released on the CD issue of "Vertigo" alongside a different session from 1963.
This session is notable in that it contains an original composition by each sideman as well as two from Jackie. The rhythm section of Sonny Clark, Butch Warren and Billy Higgins first recorded together on Jackie's 1961 album "A Fickle Sonance" with trumpeter Tommy Turrentine; they are also the rhythm section of the classic Dexter Gordon albums "Go" and "A Swingin' Affair" from August '62.
August 30, 1924 – December 15, 1972
Trumpeter/composer Kenny Dorham was very much on the jazz scene from the mid-1940s through most of the 1960s. He worked and recorded with all the major figures in the modern jazz movement, which includes the legendary Billy Eckstine big band, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Bud Powell, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk and Max Roach as well as Kenny Clarke, Sonny Stitt, Fats Navarro, J.J. Johnson and many other giants of that period. Read more...